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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Big Bill Collins RIP

From Bob Corritore

RIP Big Bill Collins -April 5th, 1935 to February 14, 2011. Legendary Chicago blues DJ Albert "Big Bill" Collins passed away on Feb 14th. He had a delightful after-hours blues radio show on WNIB where he would use his well-loved slogan "Big Bill Collins, down in the basement, sittin' up here on an old beat-up orange crate". His down home approach, which often included numerous dedications, and ad skits, was nothing less than pure charm. He was especially prominent in the 1970s and '80s. He also managed blues singer Bonnie Lee and others. He was frequently seen at blues events with his characteristic trench coat, passing out cards for his show. To see a website that honors Big Bill's legend click here. To hear exerpts from Big Bill's show (thanks to Twist Turner) ckick here (vol. 1), here (vol. 2), here (vol. 3), here (vol. 4) and here (vol. 5).  Big Bill Collins' memory will be carried on through the ages as part of Chicago blues history.

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